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What do you consider the Golden Era for Daytime Serials?


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#1 allmc2008

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:12 PM

I think the Golden Era was from the inception 1930 to 1999 when passions was introduced. I think the American Daytime Serial ended with passions because no soap has been produced since. I don't even think the 70s is when they hit there "Peak" like some say. In 1970 most shows were 30 minutes while in 1980 most were 60 minutes.

 

Well?? What do you people think??????


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#2 EricMontreal22

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:14 PM

75-85 give or take.


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#3 Golden Duck

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

mid 70s to 2000. After 2000 soaps started going downhill. And, finally around 2002/2003 they just went to hell in a handbasket.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

Well, for every individual soap, it's different, but we can find general patterns. As for ABC and Bell soaps, I consider the Golden Age to be the 70's before the addition of "Nouveau Riche" tycoons (Victor Newman, Adam Chandler, Asa Buchanan, The Quartermaines). The Silver Age to be much of the 80's with the adventure stories and such. Bronze Age to be the "Social Issues Age" of the early to mid 90's...lasting till about '97, when we started getting the dreck we have now. 


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#5 All My Shadows

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:24 PM

I think the Golden Era was from the inception 1930 to 1999 when passions was introduced.

 

dafuq

 

Anyway, I think it's hard to say. As a whole, I'll just say 1965-1995, with different soaps hitting their peaks at different points throughout that period.


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#6 Nate4

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:25 PM

1950-1999; 2012 - presnet ;)


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#7 EricMontreal22

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:30 PM

Well, for every individual soap, it's different, but we can find general patterns. As for ABC and Bell soaps, I consider the Golden Age to be the 70's before the addition of "Nouveau Riche" tycoons (Victor Newman, Adam Chandler, Asa Buchanan, The Quartermaines). The Silver Age to be much of the 80's with the adventure stories and such. Bronze Age to be the "Social Issues Age" of the early to mid 90's...lasting till about '97, when we started getting the dreck we have now. 

I can live with that take.


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#8 Soapsuds

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:41 PM

80's


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#9 marceline

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:50 PM

90s. It was better for women and diversity.


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#10 allmc2008

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:59 PM

I can live with that take.

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#11 BingCherry

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

1972-1998 to me was the true golden era for daytime soaps.


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#12 Soapsuds

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:31 PM

The Golden Era of Soaps ended in 93....after that all the shows looked the same..


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#13 JackPeyton

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:30 PM

The late 60's - late 70's
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#14 Mr. Vixen

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:51 PM

It depends on the soap. GH was best, for me in the 90s. 


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#15 Pine Charles

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:58 PM

Yeah, it depends on the soap.

For AMC, it seems late '70s-early '80s was the 'Golden Era'.  I guess 1989-1995 could be considered a 'Silver Era'.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

I think for ABC Daytime it was the 80s.  General Hospital, All My Children and One Life To Live were #1, #2 and #3 in the ratings.  They hit the height of their ratings in the 80s.  It was unfire.  I hate to admit it, but sometimes I would watch all three soaps in a row.  What a waste of a day!  But what fun!


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#17 EricMontreal22

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

I think for ABC Daytime it was the 80s.  General Hospital, All My Children and One Life To Live were #1, #2 and #3 in the ratings.  They hit the height of their ratings in the 80s.  It was unfire.  I hate to admit it, but sometimes I would watch all three soaps in a row.  What a waste of a day!  But what fun!

A waste of a day?!?!?!?  What forum do you think you're on, spouting such proclamations.


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#18 Nothin'ButAttitude

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:56 AM

IMO, their debuts on TV in the 50 till about 2005. There was still some heart in the genre, and great storytelling/interesting, complex characters. 2005 marked a turn around for all the remaining soaps and not in a good way. None of them had a stellar (IMO) that year, and they gradually became worse year by year. 


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 01:58 AM

Anything before 1994.

 

You can tell that soapsuds and I are P&G fans, can't you.


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#20 Nothin'ButAttitude

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:06 AM

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Yep. tongue.png But there's nothing wrong with that. For many old school P&G soap fans, their soaps died about 93/94. GL killed off Maureen and shoved the Coopers down fans throats. ATWT lost Marland and began their slump, and AW was decent but already in a slump. Being a later P&G soap fan, I enjoyed them b/c I didn't know any better, but going back and looking at YT clips from earlier and comparing them to what I've seen, I can see the downgrade in quality. 


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